Grant Shapps, UK's New Defence Secretary
Muhammad Irfan Published August 31, 2023 | 04:50 PM
London, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Aug, 2023 ) :The new UK defence minister Grant Shapps is a staunch ally of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and takes up the key role as Ukraine pushes on with a costly counteroffensive against Russia.
The new defence minister most recently served as the lawmaker responsible for energy security and net zero, and will replace popular lawmaker Ben Wallace who formally stepped down as defence minister following four years in the role.
The appointment to the defence ministry will be the fifth cabinet position for Shapps over the course of a year.
He was also business secretary when Sunak took office before taking over as energy minister.
Last week, Shapps visited Kyiv to pledge UK support to fuel Ukrainian power plants through the winter.
After Johnson was forced out as premier, Shapps threw his own hat into the ring in the Conservative leadership contest, promising tax cuts and competent government.
He was widely seen as an effective communicator and campaigner, although a long shot as Conservative leader.
He attracted controversy early in his career over the use of the pseudonyms "Michael Green", "Corinne Stockheath" and "Sebastian Fox".
That year he also denied making unauthorised edits to his Wikipedia entry.
Shapps became transport secretary under Johnson and took a tough line on strike action by train drivers.
The transport brief suited a politician who boasts of a keen interest in aviation and has his own private pilot's licence.